I won’t bother going into what box I’m ticking on my postal survey (when it finally arrives), because hopefully you’ve gathered that from the name of my blog.
What I’m honestly fed up with is the No campaign citing Free Speech for every hateful thing they want to say. Most of it incorrect and completely unrelated to the actual question on this postal survey. Like this interesting little pamphlet I received in the mail on Friday. 10 things that marriage equality won’t do
Freedom of opinion and expression
Australia has 2 key elements that make up our freedom of speech: freedom of opinion and freedom of expression.
Freedom of opinion is your right to hold opinions—however different from mainstream opinion it may be—without interference. There are no exceptions or restrictions to this right.
Freedom of expression relates to any medium, including written and oral communication, the media, public protest, broadcasting, artistic works and commercial advertising. This right is not absolute, as it may be restricted in areas such as posting on the internet, the urging of violence or classification of artistic material and in relation to publishing defamatory information about someone.
What this means in a nut shell is that you won’t be persecuted by the Government for expressing your opinion. It doesn’t mean that there won’t be any fallout at all.
You might still get called out for being a bigot or a homophobe and all around general piece of shit for the hateful things that are coming out of your mouth.
Yes the government is allowing everyone to “have their say”. That isn’t license to spew hateful rhetoric. Scrolling through twitter and seeing all the #TheyGetAVote tags is halfway between depressing and filling me with strength at how hard we are fighting back against the bigots and calling them out for what they are. I wrote a post earlier this year about how important it was to still be Out Loud & Proud and this just highlights why
You can vote either way and I have no control over it, but If you’re voting No I don’t want anything to do with you from here on out.